Albany woman braids kids’ hair to help motivate them at school

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Shataya Scott has braided hair since she was a teenager.

While braiding is so popular, it’s cost prohibitive for some parents. So, Scott offered up a proposal to officials at her children’s school – she would braid the hair of the kids at the school – if they kept their grades up. That was back in 2015. She has since braided the hair of more than 100 kids.

Scott started a workshop this summer teaching young people how to braid hair. Her goal is to have similar programs in every school, in every state, she said.

Learn more about why braiding means so much to the people who get it done by watching the video of Elaine Houston’s story.

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